Michael Killian, Ph.D.

Michael Killian

Dr. Michael Killian is an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work with a courtesy appointment as a Professor in the College of Medicine. His research mainly focuses on pediatric organ transplant social work and improving outcomes in childhood. He has made several accomplishments recently through his work.

He co-authored three articles one of which was in collaboration with Mia Liza Lustria of the College of Communication and Information and published by Pediatric Transplantation. This article, “Directly Observed Therapy to Promote Medication Adherence in Adolescent Heart Transplant Recipients,” can be read at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35436376/

The other two articles were both published by JMIR Formative Research.

“The Impact of Family Therapy Participation on Youth and Young Adult Engagement and Retention in a Telehealth Intensive Outpatient Program: Quality Improvement Analysis” can be found at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37079372/

“LGBTQIA+ Youth and Young Adults in a Telehealth Intensive Outpatient Program: Quality Improvement Analysis of Acuity and Improvement Following Treatment” can be read at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37083637/

He has also received a $1,676,0046 Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund his project “Mobile Video Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) for Immunosuppression Medication Adherence in Adolescent Heart Transplant Recipients in Florida: Enhancing Technological Innovation and Strengthening the Role of Small Businesses in Meeting Needs of Adolescent Organ Transplant Recipients.”

Lastly, he was named co-director of the Initiative for the Advancement of Pediatric Transplant Health Research along with Dr. Dipankar Gupta of the UF Health Congenital Heart Center. Together, they aim to improve the quality of life for patients following transplant procedures. Learn more about this project at https://news.fsu.edu/news/university-news/2022/08/01/fsu-center-announces-intitiative-to-advance-pediatric-transplant-health/

We congratulate Dr. Killian on all his work contributing to pediatric organ transplant research and his efforts to improve the lives of children, adolescents, and young adults.